Frequently Asked Questions
Where are we based ?
We have a base at Caswell Beach near Mumbles and also have two vans, that we use in the summer months for trips to other beaches including Rhosilli. Our main aim is to use beaches which are safe and that the surf is not too big. You will learn far more in smaller surf than in huge waves. For map links click on 'Surfing Beaches we use'.
What do I need to bring ?
The cost of the course includes the use of a surfboard and wetsuit. If you have your own bring it along, however the cost of course stays the same. Please bring along a towel and some warm gear to wear. We also recommend high factor sun cream and in some case total sun block. Even on cloudy days the face can burn.
Are the courses suitable if I am not a strong swimmer ?
It is a B.S.A. rule that all participants must be able to swim 50 meters. The beginner surf sessions stay in waist depth of water, so you do not have to be an Olympic swimmer. The great thing about this session is everyone has fun at his or her own pace.
What happens if the surf gets too rough?
Here at GSD we constantly monitor the weather and surf forecasts along with liasing with beach rescue and the local coastguard. Gower, is fortunate enough to have several safe surf beaches which face in different directions and therefore suitable for safe satisfying surfing.
What happens if there is no surf?
Flat periods are experienced all around the world, and generally the worst period for no waves is the summer. Which is a shame for us surfers as the days are long and the water warm. However, in the summer we do get consistent small surf and this is perfect to learn in and also train in. If however the conditions are deemed unsuitable GSD will credit you with any lessons missed due to conditions within a one-year period. Most of the time however we can offer alternative water activities and surf fitness training that will help the development of your surfing. What time do courses start? This will depend on the size of surf and tides on each particular day. We try to use the beach, which is best suited for learning and improving your surfing skills.